High danger fire season expected with more heat, undergrowth

FIRE permits were suspended on the Far North Coast yesterday due to a very high fire danger rating, despite the official start of bush fire season still three weeks away.

The rating has reduced to "high" today and the ban has been dropped.

Northern Rivers RFS zone manager Superintendent Michael Brett said this year had the potential to be a particularly bad fire season.

"We've had a lot of rain over the last couple of years and that's obviously increased the level of undergrowth," he said.

"Coupling with that the bureau's predictions that we're going to see an increase in temperature… there's the potential again that this year we could see some significant fire activity."

Supt Brett said the RFS was urging residents and landowners to take out a free fire permit if they intended to burn.

"If people want to burn they need to get permits, which is obtainable from the local brigade," he said.

"Permits are not stopping people from burning. All they're doing is giving them approval to safely manage fire."